Newtown Heckling: semantics

I guess this counts as a score for Michelle Malkin’s outrage machine and army of orcs and winged monkeys:

MSNBC is reviewing its portrayal of the testimony of Neil Heslin, the father of a Sandy Hook victim, at a legislative hearing in Hartford on Monday. The 33-second video clip in question, embedded above, features a graphics box saying “Mocked and Loaded. Sandy Hook Victim’s Father Heckled by Gun Rights Advocates.”

“We’re reviewing the video in question,” says an MSNBC source.

Smart move, considering that Heslin wasn’t, in fact, heckled. Audience members merely answered a challenge that Heslin posed from the microphone.

And that is from the WaPo’s Erik Wemple.

I will not link to the stuff from Twitchy. You can find that on your own.

The thing is, Heslin was giving his testimony and asked a rhetorical question, and some members of the audience (clearly gun enthusiasts) replied. It might not be the classic drunk in the comedy club (which seems to be the only definition that anyone cares about), but it was disrespectful, and really sad. I’m sure that the NRA had many toadies and minions there to testify on their behalf and so the gun lobby would be well represented, but far better to interrupt the father of a six-year old boy who was shot in the forehead during a mass murder.

What is bothering me about this isn’t so much that Heslin was interrupted (I’ll use that word instead of heckled), but the way that the far-right Malkin and her Twitchy brethren are making a media bias case out of NBC labeling it as heckling.

And now they are going to be doing their victory dance in the end zone because they got NBC to review it.

It’s a distraction from the real issue, which is that a deranged person got a hold of an assault weapon and mowed down a large number of first grade children and their teachers in cold blood. Every effort to distract us from this fact, arguing over semantics (heckling vs. answering), Malkin and her ilk are supporting crazy people and their alleged right to kill toddlers. She must be proud of herself.

Digby says that it is an issue of incivility in a public hearing, and she’s right, but it is so much more. It’s really vile that so many people think owning military grade weaponry is more important than letting children grow up.

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0 Responses to Newtown Heckling: semantics

  1. lambchop says:

    What’s also very strange is that people have to begin testimony by saying “I’m a gun owner…” We have to be so careful not to hurt the feelings of the gun nuts, I guess because they might just go off, so to speak. We can’t just say that assault weapons are beyond the pale and have no place in our society.


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